Charter Schools and Children With Disabilities FAQs for Parents
Authored By: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
Information Charter Schools and Children with Disabilities FAQs for Parents
Charter Schools and Children with Disabilities FAQs for Parents
Can a charter school refuse to
take my child because he has a
No. Charter schools are public
schools. They can’t refuse a child
because of disability.
If your child has a disability that
affects her ability to learn, make
sure the school knows about it. Ask
for a special education evaluation in
writing if your child needs support
or services at school because of a
Can a charter school tell me to
remove my child because they
don’t have someone who can give
the services required in my child’s
No. Public schools must give a
child with a disability all special
education or other services required
by an IEP or 504 plan.
Charter schools, just like districtrun
schools, cannot discriminate
against children with disabilities.
Can a charter school make me
pay for special education or
No. Children in the United States
have a right to free public
education. Charter schools are
The school says that they don’t
have the money. Is that legal?
Lack of money is not a legal
defense. Schools must give a child
with a disability all services or
My child with a disability has
behavior problems. Can his
charter school kick him out?
Just like a district-run school, a
charter school must work with your
child and you to see if a behavior
problem is caused by or related to a
disability. If your child needs
services that the school is not
giving, you can ask for amendment
of the IEP or a change in the
school’s special education plan.
Discipline can, and usually should,
be appealed. A school can use your
child’s disciplinary history to expel
him. You have the right to appeal
suspensions and expulsions. You
also have the right to appeal
placement changes and decisions by
the school that the disability has
nothing to do with misconduct.
If your child is being punished
unfairly, and you can’t work it out
with the school, look for help.
Where Can I Get Help?
Families Helping Families
Networks. Find your local group at
Louisiana Parent Training and
Information Center website at
Disabilities Council website at:
Advocacy Center for the Elderly
and Disabled, a statewide free legal
services program. Call 1-800-960-
7705 or 1-855-861-3577 (TTY) or
visit their website at:
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